Dolomites Building, South Tyrol Holiday Homes, Sesto Architecture, Italian Development
Dolomitenblick, Italy : Dolomites Holiday Homes
Contemporary South Tyrol Architecture – design by Plasma Studio, Europe
14 Jan 2013
Design: Plasma Studio Architects, London, UK
Location: Sesto, Dolomites, South Tyrol, northern Italy
The building is located on a hillside in the Dolomites, at the end of a residential area.
The volume has been developed mainly from its pragmatic functional request to host 6 independent apartments with one common circulation: through a cut that marks the main access and the division of the units the volume is splitted into 2 halves. Besides its functional meaning this incision becomes the main defining element of the building: from the cut at either side a strip unfolds that forms the balustrade of a generous covered balcony and ends into the surrounding topography. Following the steep natural hillside with each floor the strips and the fa├žade jump back.
The main circulation is very compact and a continuation of the volume defining gap and repeats the use of the local larch wood and the color code of the fa├žade.
Focus was given to the design of the copper balustrades which start from the natural topography, grow, become balustrades, attach to the building where the gap defines the volume, peel again off and end finally in the surrounding topography. When peeling off, the metal sheets which are divided into horizontal strips describe a curved hyperbolic-parabolic geometry: crafts knowledge is brought to its extreme.
The dark copper souurounds the volume from all sides, the strips form a second layer which gives shelter from and insight and finally define the roof as a continuation of the overall fa├žade and volume. The form of the roof itself derives from local planning regulation which allows only a pitched roof in this specific building plot: slightly deformed it merges with our design intention but also with the traditional typology of pitched roofs by not simply repeating but rather exploring what new potentials of a traditional typology can be.
Dolomitenblick Residences Sesto – Building Information
Project: residential building with 6 unitsand undergroung garage
Dolomitenblick images / information received from Plasma Studio Architects
Dolomitenblick Sesto – European Copper Architecture Awards 2013 Commendation
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photo : Roland Halbe
Another Sesto building design by Plasma Studio on e-architect:
Strata Hotel, Sesto, Italy
photo from Plasma Studio
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